Library Journal - Library JournalConrad's new book is as much a fascinating treatise on Mexico's natural history as it is a practical trail guide. Naturalist Conrad (The Maya Road: No Frills Guide to Hiking in Mexico and On the Road to Tetlama: Mexican Adventures of a Wandering Naturalist, LJ 6/1/91) devotes approximately half the book to a discussion of the climate, geology, and biology of Mexico's 11 physiographic zones. The 20-day hikes described include detailed information on the flora, fauna, and peoples native to each trail. The selected hikes represent the country's diverse terrain, guiding the adventurer through deserts, forests, mountains, grasslands, and tropical coastlines. Travel tips on passports, transportation, currency, gear, and staying healthy are also offered. An extensive bibliography of books in Spanish and English, as well as a list of Mexican plants and animals, including scientific names, accompany the text. Over 100 color and black-and-white photos complement the text. This book is ideal for both the naturalist and the hiker and is highly recommended for all libraries. [Illustrations not seen.) [For more works on travel to Mexico, see "Your Passport to Mexio/Caribbean Guidebooks," LJ 3/1/95, p. 39-43.-Ed.]-Pamela Bellows, Northwestern Connecticut Community Technical Coll. Lib., Winsted, Ct.
BooknewsA naturalist's perspective, with some 20 day hikes through diverse landscapes. Describes the geology, vegetation, and animal life and includes tips on backcountry travel, health, safety, transportation, and regional cultures. Maps and photographs, with eight pages in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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